Discovery of high-pressure granulite-facies metamorphism in northern Vietnam: Constraints on the Permo-Triassic Indochinese continental collision tectonics

Nobuhiko Nakano, Yasuhito Osanai, Nguyen Thi Minh, Tomoharu Miyamoto, Yasutaka Hayasaka, Masaaki Owada

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Abstract

High-pressure mafic granulites containing granoblastic garnet, quartz, and minor hornblende have been found from the Song Ma Suture zone in northern Vietnam, regarded as a microcontinental boundary between the South China and Indochina blocks. Fine-grained symplectite formed during the decompression stage is developed in the granulite and is divided into orthopyroxene + plagioclase and orthopyroxene + clinopyroxene + plagioclase ± hornblende. The former replaces garnet and the latter is regarded as a breakdown of sodic clinopyroxene. Detailed observation and careful data selection revealed that the high-Mg and low-Ca garnet should be in equilibrium with the precursor sodic clinopyroxene, and the pair indicates high-temperature and -pressure conditions (910-930 °C at 1.9-2.0 GPa). Although we could not obtain quantitative age data from the high-pressure granulite, the U-Th-Pb age (233 ± 5 Ma) of pelitic gneiss strongly suggests a Middle to Early Triassic metamorphic event. If the age indicates the timing of the high-pressure granulite-facies metamorphism, it might be related to a continental collision setting by following crustal subduction. According to the metamorphic signatures, north to central Vietnam may be regarded as an orogenic belt formed by the micro-continental collision between the South China and Indochina cratons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-138
Number of pages12
JournalComptes Rendus - Geoscience
Volume340
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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